Bryan Wrigley, a student at the University of St. Augustine, died after a vehicle struck him while he was riding his bike on C.R. 214 near Molasses Junction. No suspect has been found, and the investigation is still ongoing.
“We checked into everything,” said Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, public information officer with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. “The right sequence of events has not fallen into place for us to name a suspect.”
Whoever hit Bryan Wrigley, 23, left him to die on the stretch of C.R. 214 between Interstate 95 and County Road 13A on April 13, 2011. A passing motorist found Bryan’s body in a ditch that day after stopping to investigate debris in the roadway.
Friends of Bryan Wrigley put up a reminder of the tragedy at the site — a bike painted white and chained to a metal pole. An American flag tops the bike and a sign declaring: “Bryan Wrigley Killed by a Hit and Run Driver.”
Heather Sutherland-Neville, of St. Augustine, said Bryan’s death is one reason why she is spearheading a local nonprofit group that seeks to educate drivers and cyclists about rules of the road, benefit the cycling community and push for more “road sharing” signs on roadways.
“We’re trying to create an environment that’s safer for cyclists,” she said.
The nonprofit group, called the Velo Fest Community Initiative, started a memorial bicycle ride to honor Wrigley. A portion of the proceeds will help fund the Bryan Bennett Wrigley Memorial Fund at Newberry College in South Carolina.
Even though it’s been six years, Mandy Wrigley remains hopeful that the Sheriff’s Office will solve the case.
“We just need that one little break,” Wrigley said. “Then I can have justice for my son — that’s all I want.”
Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact the traffic homicide investigator, Deputy J.D. McGinnis, at 824-8304. A person with information may also remain anonymous and be eligible for a $5,000 cash reward by calling CrimeStoppers of N.E. Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).